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Launch of Invasive Species Week
24 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Environment, United Kingdom, Ireland

Invasive Species week was launched on Friday 23 March by Environment Ministers at their British Irish Council (BIC) Ministerial meeting in Dublin. Ireland was represented at the launch by Minister Denis Naughten, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Tags: Invasive alien species

Changes to Employment Permits Regulations aim to lift pressure on Hospitality and Animation Sectors
23 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland

Changes to Employment Permit Regulations signed off this week by Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Heather Humphreys aim to make it easier for businesses in the hospitality and animation sectors to source workers from outside the EEA.

Tags: Employment Permit Regulations

British Embassy Celebrates Culture Ireland GB18 in Dublin
23 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Events, Entertainment, Showbiz, Arts, United Kingdom, Ireland

The British Ambassador in Dublin yesterday hosted a celebration of cultural connections between Ireland and Britain with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan.

Tags: Culture Ireland GB 18

Troy film studio operators buy Ardmore Studios
23 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Entertainment, Arts, Ireland

The current operators of Troy film studios in Limerick have announced their acquisition of Ardmore Studios Limited in Bray, County Wicklow.

Tags: Ardmore Studios, Troy studios, film

Salisbury x-spy poisoning
09 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Opinion

There are those who believe that they can, with impunity, murder a civilian in public using a deadly nerve agent, as in the recent case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was given refuge in the UK after caught spying for MI6 and released as part of a spy exchange in 2010.

Tags: Sergei Skripal, nerve agent, Salisbury poisoning

New copyright compromise text: Filter or be filtered
08 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Internet news, European Union

by Diego Naranjo, EDRi
Discussions on the censorship machine continue at the level of the Council of the European Union
After the “compromise” text that Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Axel Voss presented to the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council held a meeting after which they published new text on Article 13 of the copyright Directive.

Tags: Internet, filtering, censorship

Health Minister to face questions over vaccine report
24 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Health, United Kingdom

The Petitions Committee has called in the Health Minister to answer questions on the Government's failure to publish a key report about vaccines. This is the direct result of people petitioning about the Meningitis B vaccine.

Tags: Meningitis B vaccine, Petitions Committee

Irish Anti War Movement statement on the slaughter in Eastern Ghouta
21 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - International, Syria

The Irish Anti-War Movement said today that the slaughter that is now taking place in Eastern Ghouta, as a result of the bombing of the civilian population by the Russian-backed Assad regime is utterly horrific and should stop immediately. While accurate casualty figures are difficult to ascertain it is clear that hundreds of lives, among them large numbers of children, have being lost.

Tags: Eastern Ghouta, Irish Anti-War Movement

Dublin's 11th Five Lamps Arts Festival launched
20 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Events, Arts, Ireland

Dublin’s eleventh Five Lamps Arts Festival was launched today and will take place around various venues in North Inner City Dublin from 7th to 11th  March. This year's festival's line-up includes up to fifty arts events with up to one hundred participating artists.

Tags: Five Lamps Arts Festival, Marino College, Dublin

Ireland's first Space Strategy for Enterprise blasts off
19 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Science, Technology, Europe, Ireland

Ireland's first national Space Strategy for Enterprise by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovationaims aims to set out how Ireland can maximise the benefit of its investment in the European Space Agency (ESA) and in the European Union's (EU) flagship space programmes, Copernicus, Galileo and Horizon 2020.

Tags: Space Strategy for Enterprise, European Space Agency, Copernicus, Galileo, Horizon 2020

Champion of Internet and press freedoms dies
09 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Journalism, Internet news

A champion of open Internet and press freedoms has been lost with the passing of John Perry Barlow, co-founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who has died at the age of 70.

Tags: John Perry Barlow, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Irish Anti War Movement statement on the Israeli ban on international organisations
29 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Ireland, Palestine, Israel

The Irish Anti War Movement has strongly condemned the apartheid Israeli state's ban on members of 20 international organisations that campaign for the rights of the Palestinian people being allowed to enter Palestine/Israel.

Tags: Irish Anti War Movement, Israeli apartheid

UN Security Council mandates worldwide air traveller profiling
29 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Travel, International

My EDRi member Statewatch, the United Kingdom
In the name of “preventing, detecting and investigating terrorist offenses and related travel”, all United Nations (UN) Member States should develop systems for processing and analysing Passenger Name Record (PNR), Advance Passenger Information (API) and “fingerprints, photographs, facial recognition, and other relevant identifying biometric data”, according to a UN Security Council resolution (no. 2396) on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts agreed on 21 December 2017.

Tags: Passenger Name Record (PNR), Advance Passenger Information (API), biometric data

European Union should deploy greater transparency in decision making
29 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - European Union

By Hans de Zwart, EDRi member Bits of Freedom, the Netherlands
“You can’t uphold the law by breaking the law”
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) invited EDRi member Bits of Freedom to speak at their annual New Year’s Seminar. Hans De Zwart, Director of Bits of Freedom, talked about how the rule of law can only be defended by the European Union taking an exemplary role including by strictly adhering to the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union and urgently taking action to be more transparent in its legislative processes.

Tags: European Union, European Court of Justice

Irish nominees for the 90th Academy Awards
23 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - Entertainment, Showbiz, Arts, Ireland

The Breadwinner, funded by the Irish Film Board and produced by Cartoon Saloon, Kilkenny, is one of the five nominations for Best Animated Feature in the 2018 film Academy Awards.

Tags: Irish Film Board, Oscar nominees 2018

Ancient remains found by hillwalker in Mayo
23 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - General, Ireland

A chance find of bones by a local hillwalker on a Mayo mountainside in 2016 led to the discovery that the natural boulder chamber in which the remains were found was used for human burial practice through the Neolithic period, from as early as 3,600 BC.

Tags: Bengorm Mountain, Mayo Neolithic bones

€300 million Brexit Loan Scheme agreed
22 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - Business, European Union, Ireland

Irish Ministers have met with representatives of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB) and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) for the formal agreement of  a counter guarantee through the European Investment Fund to allow for the roll out of €300m in funding to Irish businesses under the Government's Brexit Loan Scheme.

Tags: Brexit, Irish trade, SMEs

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